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Diya Crafter Gears Up For Diwali

Fifty-two-year-old, Jagdish Prasad who operates a pottery business from his home in Sasawira, Nakasi, says Diwali is the busiest time of the year. Mr Prasad specialises in making ‘Diya’ that
27 Oct 2015 10:00
Diya Crafter Gears Up For Diwali
Jagdish shows the diya that is ready for the bake and supplied to the supermarkets and shops for Diwali in November.The trend of making diya continues from his late father at Sasawira street in Nasinu yesterday.

Fifty-two-year-old, Jagdish Prasad who operates a pottery business from his home in Sasawira, Nakasi, says Diwali is the busiest time of the year.
Mr Prasad specialises in making ‘Diya’ that is used for Diwali festival and other religious occasions.
“I have to prepare the whole year to meet the orders of customers during Diwali,’’ said Mr. Prasad
“The order of Diya increases every year, I have to make 3000 to 4000 for Diwali festival,’’.
He said his customers consists of supermarkets like R.B Patel, Nausori Municipal Market and others stores in Nausori Town.
Mr Prasad said he used a special type of clay that was only found on the river banks in the Rewa Delta.
‘When the clay is brought, it is then mixed with sand and ash it then goes onto a potterymachine then I use my hands to shape the pottery.
“It is then dried in the shade or sun and then baked in open fire,’’ he said.
He said he was taught by his late father the art of pottery making in Form Three and he has been running the business ever since.
Diwali Festival known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ will be celebrated on November 11.

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